Bhopal 28 Years On. WE WANT JUSTICE.
Dec 3 2012 by Jade van Drie-Brown
These are the demands of the survivors in Bhopal. Please share this post and consider a donation to the Bhopal Medical Appeal here.
Corporations and Governments in the USA and India must ensure justice and a life of dignity for the Bhopal survivors and their children well before the fourth decade begins. 25,000 dead and counting. 150,000 still battling chronic illnesses. Tens of thousands poisoned. Tens and thousands of children with growth and developmental disorders and birth defects.
Two Years for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical to ensure that they:
1. Cease to abscond from justice and answer, through its designated official, charges of manslaughter and grievous assault in the criminal case pending before the Bhopal District Court.
2. Respond positively to the Government of India’s Petition in the Supreme Court of India and make financial arrangements for compensating actual number of deaths and injuries caused as a result of the December 1984 gas disaster.
3. Set aside sufficient funds for clean up of contaminated soil and ground water in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory and for health monitoring of the affected population.
Two Years for the Government of USA to Ensure that:
1. Authorized representatives of Union Carbide Corporation cease to abscond justice in Indian courts and appear in the pending criminal case arising from the disaster in Bhopal.
2. Warren Anderson former Chairman of Union Carbide is extradited from USA to answer charges of manslaughter and grievous assault in the Bhopal District Court.
3. Dow Chemical and Union Carbide pay penalties for the deaths and injuries caused by the 1984 gas disaster at rates comparable to those paid by British Petroleum for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.
4. Dow Chemical and Union Carbide clean up the contaminated soil and ground water in and around the abandoned pesticide factory and provide for health monitoring of the affected population.
Two Years for the Government of India to Ensure that:
1. Dow Chemical is not allowed to make any investments in this country directly or indirectly till it accepts Union Carbide’s liabilities in Bhopal.
2. The prosecution agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) brings Union Carbide Corporation and Warren Anderson before the Bhopal District Court in the pending criminal case.
3. The CBI through a Special Prosecution Cell does its best to send Keshub Mahindra and other Indian accused to jail for at least 10 years.
4. The Bhopal Memorial Hospital has full facilities for treatment of all diseases known to be associated with exposure to Union Carbide’s poisons.
5. The National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH) provides treatment protocols specific to exposure related health problems and carries out medical research that benefits the gas victims and those exposed to contaminated ground water.
6. The petition before the Supreme Court of India for additional compensation from Dow Chemical/Union Carbide is based on correct figures of deaths and injuries and best efforts are made for its adjudication in favour of the Bhopal victims.
7. It intervenes in the US Federal Court in support of the Bhopal plaintiffs seeking clean up of the contaminated land in and around the abandoned factory.
8. A comprehensive scientific assessment of the nature, depth and spread of contamination is carried out by a competent agency for clean up and assessment of liability.
9. Epidemiological studies are carried out particularly to document the health impact of chronic exposure to contaminated ground water and children with congenital malformations born to gas and contaminated water exposed parents.
Two Years for the Government of Madhya Pradesh to Ensure that:
1. All hospitals run by the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department are adequately staffed, stock quality medicines, are fully computerised and use standardized treatment protocols.
2. Every person known to be injured by the disaster and / or exposed to contaminated ground water receives a health book that ensures free health care at government run hospitals.
3. Every person known to be disabled or turned destitute as a result of the disaster receives a monthly pension of at least Rs. 1000/- as social support.
4. All residents of the communities affected by ground water contamination are provided clean piped water.
5. All children of gas and contaminated water exposed parents with congenital disabilities receive access to rehabilitation and medical care.
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